Here's one for the IT folks out there.So I have a USB Webcam. Standard Logitech C615 Webcam. This webcam works great.... On Front USB's, and ONLY front USB's. Doesn't work on any of my rear USB's. System detects the camera. System even installs all the drivers and *thinks* the camera is working. the little light on the camera comes on... but only a black picture will display. Front USB, everything works. picture, mic, everything. And it's the same USB controller. .. what.
Please someone give me a technical reason, on how that is possible? Are front USB's technologically different then rear?
1) Is the Xbox One "online required" to play games? More specifically, can the men and women serving our country, currently posted in places like Korea and Iraq, unwind and enjoy some gaming while not having stable, if any, internet connectivity?
2) Is the Xbox One backwards compatible? Can I play say, Halo 4 or Mass Effect 3, on my Xbox One? What about downloadable games I've purchased, such as Mass Effect (original)?
3) Does all the neat TV stuff, require a standard cable TV provider, or is that one of the many things you've "put in the cloud?"
4) Does NHL get all the fancy pants League & Fantasy cooperative stuff?
5) How does the Xbox One play on something other then a TV in a living room. Say a computer monitor, in ones office? Do I HAVE to have that giant sensor box on my desk, or does it just offer optional functionality like the Kinect?
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PC Setup UpdateSo it's been a while since I've written one of these type posts. Nerd-dom Ahoy!
I recently gambled a bit. Not in the sense that Jack and Joel gamble, but on a computer peripheral. Specifically a monitor. Specifically a knock-off monitor built in Korea using less-then-perfect parts.
I've been wanting a new monitor for gaming at home, I've been wanting to get a triple-monitor display (it works a little better with streaming, and I like having the ability to play a game, watch hockey, and keep streaming/chat/browsers open, without having to go into windowed mode and have each item in a tiny window. I also wanted to upgrade to a 2560x1440 monitor, preferably an IPS panel.
Here's the kicker -- For less then HALF the cost of Dell, and almost a third of the cost of a Cinema Display.
Too good to be true. What's the downside. - These are "A Minus" parts -- meaning panels that Dell & Apple turned down. Possible screen bleed & dead pixels. - Build quality is lower then your typical Dell or Cinema display. - Inputs include DVI (dual link). Yep, That's it. (TBH HDMI and VGA can't do 2560x1440 anyway... sooo) - No on-display settings. No brightness, contrast, no OSD, no nothing. - At the time, you could only get these displays overseas. Which means eBay and working with someone who likely doesn't speak much english. (Monoprice and Microcenter now carry their own variants of these displays, however at a slightly increased price.)
So, why risk it? Well, the 27" IPS monitor space is expensive. Because they're GREAT monitors. Insane viewing angles, 2560x1440 resolution, decently low response time, and a very high pixel density that makes everything look great. If you want a no-frills monitor, this is a pretty good choice.
I teeter-tottered on making the choice for a while, as normally I would never do such a thing. The thought of dead pixels everywhere or powerful screen bleed makes my cringe. Research continued, and after seeing so many positive reviews from trusted others (for example, Jeff Atwood, and ton of people on Overclock.net, There are far fewer horror stories then positive reviews. Somewhere in the 95-98% margin positive. That's pretty good odds, I can't imagine Dell or Apple have that much lower ratios. I decided I had to try it.
So it came in. Immediately ran it through a pixel tester. 100% Pixel Perfect. Not a single dead, stuck, or lazy pixel in this display. Phenomenal. I have a TINY bit of yellow tint, and no (noticeable to me) screen bleed. As far as I'm concerned, it's the same monitor you see in Apple stores for a thousand dollars. I scored for $360. Works for me.
So, What are you looking at. You are looking at a Crossover 27Q center display, and dual ACER G215HV side displays. That's a shitload of pixels. The link is to a non-scaled screenshot of my desktop, for comparison. Eventually I might move to THREE Crossover 27Q's so I can do things like Nvidia Surround @ 7680x1440
Ignore the H100 box holding up the left-most monitor, that's been replaced by another monitor arm. Had to build a VESA mount for that monitor since I somehow ordered two identical G215HV monitors, one came with VESA mount and one did not...